A white woman is in jail on a felony hate crime charge after prosecutors in Washington state said she posted a Facebook live video of her verbally ranting about a Hispanic driver, calling her "Spanish privileged" and also threatening to ram her vehicle, sue her and have her deported, the Seattle Times said.
“This is America!" the accused woman yelled from inside her vehicle, the clip shows. "We don’t drive like that here! We don’t drive like you’re in Mexico, lady!”
As she followed the Hispanic woman's vehicle, the accused woman added, “This is my freakin’ neighborhood! This is where I grew up! I grew up here, not them! This woman don’t deserve to belong here, she don’t belong here! She don’t [expletive] belong here!”
King County prosecutors said the woman who recorded and posted the video is Sandra Jametski, 48, who was charged in early December with malicious harassment — a hate crime — for allegedly posting the 10-minute tirade on Nov. 21, the Times said.
And believe it or not, prosecutors said Jametski targeted the Hispanic woman — the Times agreed to use only her first name, Dolores — that day over a car accident a year prior for which Dolores wasn't at fault.
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State law defines malicious harassment as intentionally injuring, damaging property or threatening someone because of his or her perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical or sensory handicap, the paper noted.
Dolores, 44, and her husband are originally from Mexico, the paper said.
Jametski — who also goes by Sandra Huddleson — has been in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail since Dec. 3, the Times said, adding that she pleaded not guilty at her Dec. 15 arraignment.
The bail amount is partly based on Jametski’s criminal history, which includes convictions for second-degree assault and driving under the influence, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mike Hogan told the paper. But bail also was set at that amount because Jametski’s actions were “an attack on the entire Latino community,” Hogan added to the Times.
It all started one November day in 2015 when Dolores took her 16-year-old daughter — who had her learner's permit — for a practice drive. After a car started tailgating them, Dolores told the Times the driver soon tried to pass on the left as her daughter singled left and began turning, too. The driver of the passing car lost control — and while the passing car didn't come in contact with Dolores' car, it did hit a curb and pole. The driver was Jametski, who was cited for passing in a no-passing zone. Neither Dolores nor her daughter were cited or named in the accident report, but they still stayed at the scene until police arrived, the Times said.
Which brings us to last Nov. 21 when Jametski allegedly got in her vehicle, flipped on her video camera and said instead of going to a therapy appointment she would follow Dolores, the paper reported.
“You get a super good look, everybody," Jametski allegedly said in the video. "This is what it calls [sic] to be Spanish privileged in America. Yeah, this is what we call Spanish privileged, and she’s going right to where I used to live. Welcome to my neighborhood.”
Soon, the Times said, Jametski allegedly exited her vehicle, used a racial slur and confronted Dolores: “You have no freakin’ right to go to this school, you don’t even have a right to be in this country. You totaled my car, and I’m going to have great privilege in suing your [expletive].” On the video, Jametski also allegedly said Dolores lied to police.
A friend sent Dolores a link to a Facebook page apparently belonging to Jametski — and 911 was called.
“She knew our house, she knew our cars, she knew where my brother goes to school,” Dolores’ daughter, 21-year-old Adriana, told the Times. “She seemed to have a personal vendetta against everyone in our family. We just felt really threatened and scared and just didn’t feel safe.”
“That’s what made my husband afraid,” Dolores added to the paper. “She doesn’t want to do something herself; she wants to involve other people who don’t like Hispanics.”
(H/T: New York Daily News)